MSc in Climate Change

Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen

Program Description

MSc in Climate Change

Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen

MSc in Climate Change

Climate Change, Impacts, Mitigation and Adaptation (CCIMA) is a 2-year interdisciplinary MSc programme, combining natural and social science approaches to the study of climate change, its causes and effects, how we can deal with it and adapt to it.

The programme is offered in English.

As a CCIMA student you will acquire knowledge and competences, originating in a variety of scientific disciplines, from geophysics to anthropology, and learn how to combine these.

With an MSc in CCIMA you will be equipped to take up job functions associated with local, national and international efforts to deal with climate change, one of the currently greatest  challenges to modern society.

The two-year programme in Climate Change, Impacts, Mitigation and Adaptation draws on staff from a range of internationally leading research groups and centres at University of Copenhagen.

Profile and Career

As a CCIMA student you will learn about both natural and social science aspects of climate change.

Geophysical aspects:

  • The functioning of the climate system
  • the causes of climate change and variability
  • The human impacts on the climate, including the effect of our use of energy and land resources
  • The economics of climate change
  • Human adaptation to climate change
  • Political aspects: How climate change may affect security and international relations

Two lines of specialization will be offered, one focusing on the bio-physical, one on the broader socio-environmental aspects, yet elements from the two may be combined.

Career opportunities

Broad-based expertise on climate change is in high demand, and CCIMA offers a wide range of career opportunities:

  • In governmental agencies and municipalities which develop plans for climate change mitigation and adaptation.
  • In consultancy companies carrying out Environmental Impact Assessment, develop, implement or monitor climate change mitigation and adaptation projects.
  • In climate change research, teaching and information dissemination.
  • In industry, developing environmental and energy technologies.
  • In NGOs and international organisations (incl. the UN) involved in climate change impacts assessment, mitigation and adaptation.
  • Programme Structure

The two years of the MSc programme are divided into eight blocks. The first two blocks are reserved for two compulsory courses (each 15 ECTS), providing a broad overview of both the natural and the social science aspects of climate change.

The next four blocks will allow specialization by offering a choice between ca. 14 thematic courses (each 7.5 ECTS, see list below), of which you must select between five and seven, as well as one compulsory project-/problem-oriented course (7.5 ECTS). Within these four blocks you may supplement these thematic courses with other (MSc-level) courses of relevance, or you may include an internship or a summer-school.

The last two blocks are reserved for thesis work (30 ECTS), yet this may be initiated earlier and interspersed with course work.

Teaching on the CCIMA programme

CCIMA will be ‘anchored’ at the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resources Management (DGNRM), yet the courses will be taught by different departments, and you will encounter a wide variety of teaching methods. Courses will include web-based learning, lectures, exercises, seminars, excursions and group/project work, and your teachers will be researchers of high international standing within a range of disciplines. In addition we will invite leading foreign climate researchers as guest teachers.

 When and how to apply

The application procedure for EU/EEA and Swiss Citizens

  • Make sure to check the admission requirements.
  • Contact SCIENCE Student Service if you have questions.
  • Prepare your relevant documentations (see checklist) - Language tests and certified diplomas can be forwarded through the online application portal up until study start.
  • From 1 February to 1 April you can send your application through THE ONLINE APPLICATION PORTAL
  • We must receive your application no later than 1 April (Fall Semester).
  • After 1 April application deadline, your application will be evaluated by an academic admissions committee.
  • You will receive a response no later than 15 June.
  • Study start 1 September 2014.

Application Procedure Non-EU/EEA Citizens

  • Make sure to check the programme admission requirements.
  • Contact SCIENCE Student Services if you have questions.
  • Prepare your relevant documentations (see checklist). Incomplete applications will not be processed.
  • From 15 November to 15 January you can send your application through THE ONLINE APPLICATION PORTAL
  • We must receive your application no later than 15 January (Fall Semester).
  • Your application is evaluated by an academic admission committee between 15 January and 15 March: All applicants offered admission will receive an invoice for tuition fees which must be paid by 15 April
  • If admitted, you will receive your letter of admission after we have received your tuition fee payment.
  • 1 May is the deadline for applying for your residence permit.

Checklist for Documentation

In order to make sure we have all the information needed to evaluate your past achievements and future potential, you are required to submit the following items:

  • An original or certified copy* of your academic transcript from your Bachelor degree. If the transcript is in a language other than English or a Scandinavian language, please include an official English translation.
  • A certified copy* of your Bachelor diploma. If you are yet to receive your diploma, please provide a letter from your university stating the date when the diploma will be issued.
  • Course descriptions of courses undertaken in your Bachelor degree relevant to the programme you are applying for. These can be in the form of photocopies from your university's academic handbook/course lists or print-outs from the university's website. They should describe what was required of you to complete the courses, what was studied and hours of study. These course descriptions allow us to understand exactly what you have studied in your prior degree, and help us to determine whether you meet the requirements and are eligible for the MSc degree at the Faculty of Science.
  • An updated version of your C.V. (curriculum vitae)/résumé A photo is not necessary.
  • A photocopy of your passport. Should you have more than one passport (citizenship) please copy the passport with which you will use to travel to Denmark. NB: You must use your EU/EEA passport should you wish to be given a tuition fee waiver.
  • Proof of English language proficiency (not applicable to native English speakers) 1) Acceptable TOEFL/IELTS exam results (these test results should be sent to us separately from the test centre upon your request) OR 2) Proof that English was the language of instruction in your prior education. See more information on the language requirements.

* An official certified copy is a copy of an original document that has been certified as a true and correct copy by a person who is authorised to witness a statutory declaration. Official certified copies are usually a photocopy of the original document stamped, signed and verified by an official in your country. Each country varies in whom is qualified to certify documents, however generally speaking your university, lawyers and embassies can certify documents for you, so that we can verify that what we have is a true replica of the original (and therefore determine if you are eligible for the MSc with us).

Please note that when you apply for admission through the digital application system, you are responsible for including and uploading all relevant documents listed in the application package as described above. If you do not have the necessary documentation at time of application you must instead upload an explanation. You can not continue the application process, if you fail to upload information when the application system requires it.

Please note that if you are admitted to an MSc programme at SCIENCE, you may be requested to present your original diploma and transcript at your arrival in Denmark. This will allow us to verify the documents.

If you have already applied digitally, you can always log on to the system and check up on the status of where in the application process your application currently is. Once your application is processed, you will also receive messages regarding your application through the online application system.

Application deadlines

  • EU/ EEA/Swiss applicants:   

1 April 2014 for admission 1 September 2014

  • Non EU/ EEA applicants:   

15 January 2014 for admission 1 September 2014

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated August 16, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
2 years
Full time
7,300 EUR
Start date Sept. 2017
Denmark Copenhagen
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Duration 2 years
Price 7,300 EUR
per semester for non-EU/EEA citizens